International Economics Abroad Summer Program

This 5-week, 6-credit faculty-led, European-centered program based in Berlin concentrates on the economics of competition policy from a transnational perspective. The two complementary courses, Competition Policy in the European Union (ECON 34582) and European History, Politics, and Society (GE 34241), bring together the areas of economics, history, politics, and culture. The Econ course explores the reasons behind the European Commission’s recent aggressive stance toward the competitive practices of many large, influential companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon. In the History course, we will explore topics related to post-1945 history and politics as they affected European society. Both courses are taught in English. Excursions to various European economic research institutes, policy centers, and museums complement and enrich the coursework.

This program will be led by Mary Flannery, PhD, Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame.


Note: All students in the program are required to enroll in both of the following courses for a total of 6 credits.

  • ECON 34582 Competition Policy in the European Union (Economics and International Economics elective; REQUIRED Prerequisite - Principles of Microeconomics; DOES NOT count against study abroad credit toward any economics major)
  • GE 34241 European History, Politics, and Society (Fulfills HIST requirement)

Program Dates: May 31, 2019 – July 6th, 2019

Program Calendar (Tentative)

May 31: Student Arrival in Berlin (Must leave U.S. no later than May 30)
June 1-2: Orientation weekend
June 3: First day of classes

June 8 – 12: Excursion to Warsaw, Poland

June 26 – 29: Excursion to Cologne and Bonn
July 5: Last day of classes; Farewell celebration

July 6: End of Program; Students departure

In addition to Berlin, there will be planned overnight excursions to Warsaw and Bonn (including a visit to Cologne). Students will visit international institutes such as the German Competition Authority (Bundeskartellamt), the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), and Warsaw University. To enrich the historical curriculum, students will visit various museums and sites of memory.

All Notre Dame freshmen, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards. Visiting students also eligible.

Housing and Meals
Students will live in modern apartments in the center of Berlin with shared bath, living, and kitchen. We are ideally located near underground and suburban rail stations within minutes of shopping, restaurants, and cultural institutions. The program fee does not include meals or personal spending.

Program Fee
TBD (The 2018 fee was: $8,400.00)

  • 6 Notre Dame credits
  • Accommodation
  • All program academic outings and field trips
  • Transport to and from airport
  • On-site program support from Notre Dame faculty
  • ​GeoBlue international health and emergency evacuation insurance

Program Fee does not include

  • Airfare (approx. $1,200) • Meals (approx. $1,000)
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal spending money 

Application Instructions

  • ONE FACULTY academic recommendation required
  • RECTOR recommendation required

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Program Contacts
QUESTIONS - please email:
Denise Della Rossa

William Collins Donahue